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Call for universal treaty to abolish nuclear weapons – Nobel laureates

Nobel laureates call for pact to abolish nuclear arms, The Japan Times , Nov. 15, 2010 HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Nobel Peace Prize laureates on Sunday called on countries around the world to discuss the creation of a “universal treaty” aimed at realizing a world without nuclear weapons. The past peace prize winners made the call in a declaration they announced at the end of their three-day summit in Hiroshima, which was devastated by the U.S. atomic bombing in 1945, as part of efforts to abolish nuclear weapons…..

“We call on nations to start work on a universal treaty to abolish nuclear weapons, in partnership with civil society,” the declaration said, while praising atomic bombing survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who have “dedicated their lives to teaching the rest of the world about the horrors of nuclear war.”

The laureates emphasized that justifying the acquisition and possession of nuclear weapons using such reasons as nuclear deterrence as an argument is “totally outdated and must be rejected.”

They also urged countries, including the United States, China and Iran, to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty so that the international pact, which has been ratified by 153 nations so far, can enter into force….

Nobel laureates call for pact to abolish nuclear arms | The Japan Times Online

November 15, 2010 - Posted by | general | , ,

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